Bonus Lists

STATES WITH THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF BOWL GAME WINS FOR THEIR COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAMS (JANUARY 1902-JANUARY 2004)

These are the all-time statistics for the number of college teams in a state to win a bowl game. Note that the number of bowl games has exploded in recent history, so this list will be skewed toward performance in recent years, versus the early 20th century (for 33 years, the Rose Bowl was the only bowl game).

With a few exceptions, such as Ohio and Pennsylvania, states with colleges that win bowl games tend to have milder winters. However, many of these states host a lot of bowl games, often shortening the distance their teams must travel and providing a similar mild-weather environment. Of course, for teams to be invited to bowl games, they must be good (usually), regardless of the weather.

STATE

1. Texas
2. California
3. Florida
4. Alabama
5. Georgia
6. North Carolina
6. Pennsylvania
8. Oklahoma
9. Ohio
10. Mississippi
BOWL GAMES WON BY
A TEAM FROM THE STATE
78
66
48
45
39
37
37
36
32
28

Bowl games include Alamo, Aloha, Blockbuster, Bluebonnet, California, California Raisins, Capital One, Carquest, Continental Tire, Copper, Cotton, Fiesta, Florida Citrus, Fort Worth, Freedom, Gallery-Furniture, Gator, GMAC, Hawaii, Hall of Fame, Holiday, Houston, Humanitarian, Independence, Insight, John Hancock, Las Vegas, Liberty, Micron PC, Mobile, Motor City, Music City, New Orleans, Oahu, Orange, Outback, Peach, Rose, San Francisco, Seattle, Silicon Valley Classic, Sugar, Sun and Tangerine (with slight variations in the names).

If these wins are calculated on a per-capita basis, Nebraska is #1 (13 bowl game wins per million people, 21 wins total), followed by Oklahoma at #2 (11 wins per million people).

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